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Mrs K Wharnsby - Joint Head of Department
Mrs H Cain - Joint Head of Department
Mr C Jones


Department Overview

‘What is Drama but life with all the dull bits cut out?’ - Alfred Hitchcock

The Curriculum in Drama is designed to develop individuality; to encourage students to think and express themselves with flair and confidence, but also to encourage tolerance and understanding of the local area and wider world.

Students are given opportunities through practical and written drama activities to experience the world around them and begin to appreciate situations from more than one perspective. Through drama, we encourage students to question, challenge and ultimately change their perception of the world in which they live.

Drama will help you be confident to promote yourself what-ever career path you choose.

Drama is a fun, dynamic and creative subject which will help to make you stand out in a crowd. In the current climate it is vital to be confident, articulate and self-assured. Drama helps students build confidence, public speaking, problem solving and team work skills in a highly practical and fun way, alongside written components and exams. You do not have to want to be an actor to take Drama. Drama GCSE will help if you want to be a writer, journalist, lawyer, teacher and many other professions.


Curriculum Intent

Key Stage 3

We will have you miming, creating character, understanding how to be an audience and most importantly, learning how to work effectively as part of a team. We teach you ‘Drama Basics’ right from the start so if you don’t have any Drama experience, don’t worry, you’ll learn it all, starting with the basics leaving you well equipped to take on Drama at GCSE level.

Key Stage 4


Component 1:

Devising Theatre (40% of qualification)

PRACTICAL EXAM with coursework

In groups students are given a stimulus and together create a devised piece, along with a portfolio of work and controlled assessment.


Component 2:

Performing from a Text (20% of qualification)


In groups between 2 – 4, students will be given a script and perform the script ready for an external examination.


Component 3:

Interpreting Theatre (40% of qualification)

WRITTEN EXAM: 1 hour 30 minutes

There are 2 parts to the exam Section A (set text) and Section B (Live Theatre Review)

Section A

Students will study a set text throughout the GCSE course in preparation for the written exam in Yr11. You are required to answer questions as a director, designer and actor.

Section B

Students will answer one question, analysing and evaluating an aspect of a live theatre production seen during the course.



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